Better late than never, but I have some thoughts regarding the Avengers: Infinity War (2018) first official trailer.

The first major takeaway is that there is a LOT of face time for Doctor Strange. A lot more than I anticipated. I think the reason has to be that if there is a single Marvel movie most people skipped, it was Benedict Cumberbatch’s first portrayal as Dr. Stephen Strange in 2016.

Also, did the opening 45-60 seconds of the trailer have a score that sounds incredibly similar to that of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings? I just immediately think of the roaming across the landscape and then breaching the larger hill with the view of Minus Tirith in the distant future.

The first shot of the trailer is Tony Stark holding a deceased person’s hand…and we see him apparently in the same setting at 1:39. Looks like he doesn’t have much time to mourn the death of…it’s for sure Captain American…someone he cares for.

The scenes that take place in the great plains appear to be taking place in Wakanda, the homeland of the Black Panther. Let me just take this moment to say I am MOST excited for Ryan Coogler’s 2018 release, Black Panther. It’s first trailer is a joy, and the second just ratchets it up. to take this story and share it with the entirety of a new Marvel fan base is exhilarating to think of. All praise the swagger possessed by Michael B. Jordan in its first two previews.

And I can’t leave this post without mentioning the most important thing about this 2:24 preview…the glorious beard of Chris Evans. Good lord almighty. As a heterosexual male, that beard ranks among the most beautiful that I have ever seen. The praise is warranted. I am jealous of the hairs on Evans’ chin.

This first full look at Avengers: Infinity War also brought the first full glimpse of Josh Brolin as Thanos. The pure visibility aesthetic is not too inspiring, I hope that directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo can find a way to make his galactic potential come through. I cannot repeat this enough: a good superhero needs to have a more memorable antagonist than protagonist. This has been a problem that has plagued NUMEROUS Marvel Films, DC Films, and comic-based motion pictures as a whole. Thanos has the raw power to bring that gravitas. I hope the Russo’s and Brolin deliver.

I stand firm that the Marvel Universe as a whole has been elevated too high when it comes to all the inclusions being quality films. There are only a handful that I believe are truly good, well-made, films, i.e. Iron Man (2008), The Avengers (2012), and Ant-Man (2015). I readily admit I have yet to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

This trailer is a good one. It got me excited. It showcased emotion, action, homages, and immense scale. You don’t see too much, and it leaves a lot to interpretation. Pure and simple, this makes me want to go to the theaters.

Avengers: Infinity War has the same world-wide anticipation that surrounded The Dark Knight (2008) and Marvel’s The Avengers pulsed with. I pray it can live up to the hype. Bring down the gauntlet.

P.S. – Everyone read The Infinity Gauntlet graphic novel. It’s the first one I ever read, and stands in the pantheon of all I’ve read.

P.S.S. – Looking back at this “reaction”…there isn’t a whole lot about the trailer itself, more of the thoughts that ran through my head while watching it.

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